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Svalbard antique map Norway by Bellin 1758



Carte Du Spits-Berg antique map Bellin 1758.

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Svalbard antique map Norway by Bellin 1758

Title: Carte Du Spits-Berg Suivant les Hollandois Pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages par M. B. la Marine." Paris 1758.
Attractive early map of Svalbard, copperplate engraved with hand coloring, Svalbard first discovered by Willem Barentsz in 1596, although there is disputed evidence of use by Pomors or Norsemen.

Origin: Histoire Generale Des voyages.
In lower right margin: No 5
In lower left margin: Tome XV.

Cartograpger: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772)
for Antoine-François Prevost's monumental 20 volume edition of L`Histoire Generale des Voyages published by Pierre de Hondt, The Hague between 1747 – 1780.

A cartographic history of Swalbardn, North Pole.
The name Spitsbergen means "pointed mountains" and was given by the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered the island while searching for the Northern Sea Route in 1596. However, this archipelago may have been known to Russian Pomor hunters as early as the 14th or 15th century, though solid evidence from before the 17th century is lacking. Following the English whalers and others in referring to the archipelago as Greenland, they named it Grumant The name Svalbard is first mentioned in Icelandic sagas of the 10th and 11th centuries, but they more likely refer to Jan Mayen or even Greenland.

Sheet app.: 35 x 25 cm. 13.75 x 9.75 inches.
Image app.: 30 x 21.5 cm. 11.75 x 8.5 inches.
Condition: Fine map in overall very good condition, folds as published.